The Young Person in Pink, 1920
THE YOUNG PERSON IN PINK by Gertrude Jennings
Prince of Wales Theatre, London
February 10, 1920 (one matinée only)
Gladys Calthrop (Emily de Voysey), Reginald Bach (The Park Keeper), Joyce Carey (Leonora), Mary Brough (The Woman With Balloons), Sydney Fairbrother (Mrs. Badger), Mary Jerrold (Ada), Jean Cadell (Miss Winch), Leslie Howard (Lord Stevenage (Toby)), Lady Tree (Lady Tonbridge), Helen Haye (Mrs. Courtney Millar), Mabel Terry Lewis (Lady Sara Aldine), Molly Balvaird Hewett (Louisa); Dora Gregory (Duchess of Hampshire’s Maid)
The interests of art and charity were well served yesterday afternoon by the first performance of a funny three act piece by Miss Gertrude Jennings in aid of the Middlesex Hospital at the Prince of Wales Theatre, when Princess Alice Countess of Athlone and the Earl of Athlone were present.
“The Young Person in Pink” proved to be a girl who has lost her memory at the railway station. Quite innocently she picks up a nice young man in the park, so nice that he has been kidnapped by a “restoration” beauty of uncertain age and temper. The girl, who turns out to be the daughter of a duchess, was played so prettily by Miss Joyce Carey that no wonder the boy falls in love with her or that Mr. Leslie Howard, who was natural in the part, felt a trifle nervous among so many clever women.
For they were all stars. Lady Tree gave a cruel caricature of the elderly juvenile charmer. In pleasing contrast was Miss Mabel Terry Lewis as her amiable friend, with such a sympathetic voice and, though so smart, not only good-looking but also obviously a good sort. She showed a keen sense of humour and that invaluable quality the French call authority.
Miss Sydney Fairbrother made a middle-aged woman with a weakness for strong liquor a perfect “sketch.” Amusing throughout, she was irresistibly comical when at last the truth came out at pre-war strength. Miss Mary Jerrold as her daughter was the quintessence of comfortable common sense. Miss Mary Brough and Miss Jean Cadell were two glorious figures of fun, and Miss Gladys Calthrop made a fascinating “Shepperson” flapper.
The satire went home and the sentiment was greatly relished, so that they won both laughter and applause.”
(G.M., London Daily Mail, February 11, 1920)
[…] Mr. Leslie Howard was a very pleasant and manly young fellow as Stevenage, and was concerned in some charmingly written scenes with Miss Joyce Carey, looking a picture indeed in Leonora’s summery garb, and acting throughout with sweet simplicity and most engaging naiveté. Other sympathetic performances were those of the kindly Ada and of one of Lady Tonbridge’s friends, Lady Sara Aldine, given by Miss Mary Jerrold, as tender as ever, and by Miss Mabel Terry-Lewis, making a welcome reappearance. In marked contrast were the assumption of those diverse but most disagreeable women, Mrs. Badger and Lady Tonbridge, presented by Miss Sydney Fairbrother, especially good when Ada’s mother was in her cups and in a fine gown, and, by Lady Tree, as incisive as usual, and playing her part in uncompromising style. Both were heartily applauded in the course of the perfomance, at the end of which Mr. Ben Webster, who produced the comedy, said a few words of thanks on behalf of Miss Jennings.
(The Stage, February 12. 1920)